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30 hours funding for 3/4-year olds

We Are Offering 30 Hours Of Free Childcare

The government has a scheme which offers ‘30 hours free childcare’ to some families with children aged 3 to 4-years-old. 


What is the ‘30 Hours Free Childcare’ scheme?

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are currently entitled to up to 15 hours a week free childcare for 38 weeks of the year (during school term-times) and an additional 15 hours for some eligible working families.  For our Pre-School, this means that your child can attend full-time sessions Monday to Friday.


How do I know if I am entitled to 30 hours free childcare?

In order to receive 30 hours free childcare, you’ll need to be able to answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions:

  • Is my child be aged 3 or 4?
  • Are both parent/carers working (or am I as a sole parent/carer, working)?
  • Does each parent/carer earn (on average) the equivalent of 16 hours a week at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage?
  • Does each parent/carer have an annual income of less than £100,000?
  • Do I live in England?
  • The easiest way to find out whether or not you’re eligible is to use this free online calculator.


How do I apply for 30 hours free childcare?

To apply for 30 hours free childcare you’ll need to make an online application to HRMC.

  • Once you’ve completed your application, you’ll be told whether or not you’re eligible for 30 hours free childcare.
  • If you are eligible you will then receive a code.
  • You will need to bring your code into Pre-School and give it to the Pre-School Manager, along with your National Insurance number.
  • Then all you have to do is wait for your Pre-School Administrator to check the code is correct, and set up your free childcare hours for you. It’s as simple as that!